Chesco Health Department closes Exton’s Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza after failing to report “sewage backup of grease trap,” 16 violations

Chesco Health Department closes Exton’s Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza after failing to report “sewage backup of grease trap,” 16 violations

Exton, PA

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Exton

The Chester County Health Department conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on December 16, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Exton was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 16 violations were found.

The restaurant was ordered to cease operations during the inspection with the inspector saying, “Due to the number and nature of the above violations, this facility is hereby required to CEASE & DESIST OPERATIONS IMMEDIATELY. The facility must close and remain closed until a satisfactory inspection is conducted by this Department.”*

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • The Person in Charge failed to notify the Department of an imminent health hazard. It was reported that facility recently closed due to sewage back up of grease trap. The facility reportedly closed but did not contact the Department to report this hazard. Additional repairs are still pending per manager.
  • Facility is having issues with the grease trap in the ware washing area of the kitchen. There was a recent back-up and additional servicing is needed. No active sewage back-up observed at time of inspection however dishwasher and 3-bay sink in area was not in use. Clean and disinfect the floors and service the grease trap for proper functioning.
  • Staff is not washing hands when needed such as when going through door between front & back of house, changing tasks, etc. Hand wash sinks are not accessible and supplied with soap/paper towels. Reeducate and train staff on proper hand washing.
  • Wet, stacked food contact equipment observed on shelves. Equipment must be air dried prior to stacking/storing.
  • At the walk-in refrigerator, ambient air and food was observed at 48F, rather than 41F as required. DISCARD ALL PERISHABLE FOODS IMMEDIATELY. Repair unit to maintain air and food at 41F. Note: beer and uncut produce does not need to be discarded.
  • In front of house food service area, insufficient ice baths observed in use. Ice must be at product level and foods must be maintained at 41F or below. Discard all perishable foods in ice baths.
  • Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. Repair unit and do not use until repaired.
  • The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the PA Food Code as evidenced by incorrect responses to food safety questions. Educate and retrain.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Educate and retrain.
  • Bulk amount of cooked wings observed stored on a tiered cart at room temperature. Wings are not able to be cooled and stored due to walk-in refrigerator being out of order. Discard these wings.
  • Clean the following: * all shelves, racks and tables in front and back kitchen * all sinks throughout food service areas
  • Hand wash sink in food prep area was blocked by rolling carts. All hand wash sinks must be accessible at all times.
  • Several dented canned items observed in storage are and intended for use in the food facility. Foods in dented cans cannot be used. Dented cans must be segregated for return OR discarded.
  • All bain maries must have flip-top lids that are in good repair. Replace any missing lids, missing handles and broken door brackets.
  • Repair leak from under the ice bin in the bar area.
  • Clean and sanitize the following: * all equipment (including 3 bins of utensils) on “clean” equipment storage rack in ware washing area. RELOCATE LADDER AWAY FROM FOOD/Equipment * deli slicers * can openers * all ice scoops, ice bins, scoop caddies, ice buckets, ice machines * soda guns and holster.
  • Hand sink in ware washing area and bar area did not have soap. Hand wash sink in prep area did not have paper towels. All hand sinks shall have soap and paper towels at all times.
  • Clean all floors and ceilings (light shields, tiles, vents) throughout the facility. Clean the walls in the ware washing area of the kitchen.

* In this story where capital letters appear this is an emphasis used by the inspector in her report; it was not added The Pennsylvania Chronicle.

UPDATE: The Chester County Health Department conducted a follow-up inspection on December 17, 2019. The restaurant remained, “out of compliance” with one violation¬† with the restaurant directed to, “Replace the damaged/soiled light shields in the ceiling of the food service areas” but was allowed to re-open. The inspector added the following statement:

* Staff must wash hands, use gloves/utensils to prevent bare hand contact with ready to eat foods and wear effective hair restraints. Continued surveillance will be
conducted. Ensure compliance.
* No persons can work as a food handler if they have a disease that can be transmitted by foods, or have signs or symptoms of gastrointestinal infections (diarrhea,
nausea, vomiting) or obvious infections of the skin (boils or seeping wounds), or signs or symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections (sore throat, fever, or nasal
congestion other than from allergies).
* Mechanical warewashing: DW Sanitizer: Chlorine Concentration: 100 ppm
* Refrigerators observed at 41F or below. Potentially hazardous foods observed at proper temperatures, less than 41F. Freezers yielded solidly frozen food.
* Exterior folding-style doors and windows must be kept closed at all times. If doors/windows are opened (seasonally) effective vector control measures must be approved
by this Department prior to use.
Due to the progress made correcting the violations from yesterday’s inspection, the facility is granted permission to re-open and operate.
License to Operate will not be issued until all above violations are found corrected. An additional Follow Up Inspection will be conducted in approximately one (1) week